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The Nano Puff Jacket is one of our go-to faves for cold-weather trail adventures in the South. It’s water-resistant, warm and windproof – and yet lightweight and highly compressible. And with Patagonia’s use of eco-friendly recycled materials, it’s easy to see why we love this jacket.

When the temps turn chilly and the South throws its unpredictable weather our way, it’s time to unpack our layers to stay warm, dry, and moving out on the trail. The Nano Puff Jacket is one of our favorite women’s jackets that we’ve worn – and thoroughly loved – for over four years. Patagonia fills this warm but breathable layering staple with PrimaLoft Gold Insulation Eco, made of 55% post-consumer recycled materials, wrapped in a weather-shedding shell of 100% recycled polyester. And quite simply, it fits well, wears well, and packs down small. This is one outstanding jacket.

Our favorite women's winter jacket, perfect for the trail and intown adventures: our Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket review

Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket: our trail-tested review

The women’s Nano Puff comes in a variety of colors, 15 different in all. We wear our jackets just about everywhere, when we’re exploring a trail or camping, or just headed into town for dinner or a beer. We own two of these jackets, one in red and one in black. Though we’ve had the black one for about four years now, it’s still wearing well, with minimal signs of wear and tear – and our newer red jacket has been keeping us toasty through two winter seasons. With a feminine profile and Patagonia’s signature stitching and baffles, it’s a stylish piece that’s thoughtfully designed for performance, comfort, and great looks. And it performs well, too – from frosty wintertime adventures in Linville Gorge to road trip adventures out West, this jacket has kept us comfy, warm, and on the move through it all.

Patagonia Women's Nano Puff Jacket: our review of this eco-friendly, ultra-comfy jacket that's perfect for hiking and stylish for around-town wear, too

With a low profile, these jackets are super warm and breathable without being bulky: we love how we can move around in them without feeling like a snowman. The low-profile warmth is thanks to the jacket’s 60 grams of PrimaLoft Gold Eco fill. In addition to being lightweight, it also receives high marks because it’s made out of recycled materials, it’s water-repellent and is also highly compressible. (It makes a pretty decent pillow in a pinch.) And the fill is made to withstand the elements, too. Unlike untreated down and some other insulations, this jacket’s fill maintains 98% of its warmth when it’s wet. This is so important for backcountry adventures when hypothermia could present a real danger.

Our favorite women's insulated jackets: the Patagonia Nano Puff blends performance and style, making this a great jacket for outdoor adventures and everyday wear

The jacket’s shell is constructed of 100% recycled ripstop polyester. It’s covered in a small rectangular pattern that Patagonia calls “brick quilting” and serves to keep the insulation evenly distributed throughout the jacket. The quilting adds style, too. The shell and lining both have a DWR coating (durable water repellent) to help shed moisture. And the jacket features two zippered hand pockets on the outside that are big enough for to store a phone, wallet, multi-tool, or other small gear.

Womens Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket: our favorite cold-weather puffy is streamlined in fit, designed for performance but stylish, too

One of this jacket’s features that we really love: the internal chest pocket doubles as a stuff sack, and a reinforced carabiner clip-in loop is stitched into the pocket. It’s really easy to stuff the jacket for storage in a backpack or clip the stuffed jacket to the outside of a pack. And overall, the jacket weighs a mere 10 oz, making it a lightweight addition to our backpacks.

Women's Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket review: super trail friendly, the Nano Puff stuffs into its own pocket for storage in a backpack, and features a caribiner loop for easy clip-in

Just behind the zipper, Patagonia stitches in an interior storm flap that adds an extra protective layer against the cold and wind. This fabric flap also acts as a soft shield between the jacket and your skin, helping to prevent skin irritation from the zipper, even when it’s fully zipped. Another design detail that helps to trap warmth is an inner adjustable draw-cord. With a quick cinch of the cord, the jacket cinches around your waist, helping to keep body heat in and the cold out. For everyday wear, we usually keep the draw-cord relaxed so the jacket hangs naturally at our waist – but the draw cord is a great way to help beat the chill when the wind picks up or the temperatures plummet.

Womens Nano Puff Jacket review wrap-up

True to Patagonia’s eco-conscious brand, the Nano Puff Jacket is made of recycled materials, a feature that we simply love. And the jacket is lightweight, highly compressible, water-resistant, windproof and warm, even when it’s wet. It’s one of our most-used pieces of trail wear, both in the shoulder seasons here in the South and the dead of winter. And with trail-to-town style and durable design, we’ll be wearing these jackets for years to come.

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Erin McGrady

Erin McGrady is a freelance web designer, writer and photographer at Authentic Asheville who loves to hike, run, backpack, cycle and swim. Her mission is to inspire others to get out and experience the great outdoors. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.